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Cultural holidays in Bhutan
If culture is a mother means then Bhutan is like her lovely baby. Yes, the small baby Bhutan folded in the Himalayas is a great place to witness the country’s rich cultural values and celebrations.
To experience the rich culture and traditions of Bhutan the one and only thing to do is being a part of the festivals. The festivals of Bhutan with sky-high extending celebrations, music and dance, cultural acts, vibrant attires, rituals, and everything are an eye-feast to capture.
Always a country or a region wealth to be calculated with their happiness of living but not with the economic values.
Culture addresses the right way of happy living. In this aspect, Bhutan is the best place compared to others in respecting their own culture.
Here we go through the top 5 festivals of Bhutan which are the best to behold the prosperous wealth of Bhutanese culture.
Thimphu Tsechu :
Thimphu Tsechu is a very important festival in Bhutan. This festival runs 3 days long in the 8th month of Lunar calendar. During this festival the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu will be thronged with a large number of devotees from all over the country.
Actually, this festival celebrates every year in memory of the birth Guru Rinpoche who introduced Buddhism to the land of Bhutan viajes.
At this festival, cultural dances and rituals stand as the major attractions. Locals dressed up in colorful costumes and performing dance rituals seem to be authentic. Through dance rituals, they entreat the deities. Interesting dance acts to see here are the Mask dances by Lay monks, 21 Black Hats dances, Dance of terrifying deities, etc.
Festival Time: 8th to 10th October 2019.
Paro Tsechu :
During the springtime, Paro Tsechu is a famous Bhutanese cultural festival. In Paro city, this festival will take place every year. The main theme of the festival is to remember the good deeds of Guru Rinpoche and to thank the local deities for gifting prosperous life.
Lamas and Monks in vibrant clothes and masked costumes enact as the deities and plays stories of mythological scenes and tales. The cultural acts and celebrations are the center of attraction to the festival. Choose 4 days tour de Bhutan and enjoy all this culture in short time.
At the last day of the festival, Buddhist religious scroll known as Thangkha will be unrolled. This scroll is a height of four-storey building and it has a history of 350 years old.
Festival Time: 17th to 21st March 2019.
Haa Summer Festival :
Haa Summer festival is a new festival introduced to show the rich culture of nomads in Haa valley. This festival is a great treat for culture lovers to acquaint Bhutanese culture.
The festival is all about nature and cultural wealth of Bhutan through different sports, religious acts, local cuisines, drinks, dances, songs, and a lot. Especially, exhibiting the lively paintings of nomads lifestyle is the best thing to see in this festival.
When it comes to sports at this festival, there is a lot to do. The best funny sports to take part in this festival are Yak riding, mountain biking, dancing, food tasting, and more. Photographers too can take part with their captivating clicks of the scenic backgrounds of Haa Valley.
Festival Time: 12th to 13th July 2019.
Jambay Lhakhang Drup :
Jambay Lhakhang Drup is a very interesting and peculiar festival of Bhutan longs for 4 days. The festival is to memorize the deeds of Guru Rinpoche and the establishment of Jambay Lhakhang temple. Through different dance and cultural acts locals prays to deities for good prosperity and wealth.
This festival is quite popular for two things. One is the Mewang, the fire ceremony. Under the flaming fire, they perform dance rituals. The second one is the Dance of Treasure. In this, dancers with masked costumes perform in naked to be blessed infertile women with children. This act takes place during mid-night and tourists are not allowed to visit.
Festival Time: 13th to 16th November 2019.
Sakteng Festival :
To experience the religious tour to Bhutan with untouched beauty means, Sakteng festival time is the right time. The small valley, Sakteng is native to semi-nomadic Brokpa community who was far away to the modern era. Still, they follow rich cultural values coming from ancient times. They live in a pleasant atmosphere close to nature.
At the festival time here we can see many old traditional practices and cultures. Locals attired in colorful traditional clothes look very beautiful. The dance performances of the locals are the next big thing to enjoy in this festival. Yak dance and Ache Lhamo dance are the famous dance acts of the community to seek here.
Festival time: 12th to 16th June 2019.
With these, you can know Bhutanese culture can’t be matched with any place. Their culture and way of living simply unique and learnable.